Goal Setting: S.M.A.R.T Goals
January 1st marks a day when people promise to make changes in their lives in regards to health, fitness, and their overall well-being with a New Year’s resolution. Eat well, exercise more, lose weight are all examples of resolutions people will set. Many of us choose the same goal and tell ourselves we are really going to stick with it this year. Usually around March, we begin to lose sight of our goal due to the stresses of work, busy life, or forgetfulness. Half way through the year, it has faded into a distant memory with the likelihood of achieving our goal… slim to none. Believe me, you are not the only one! We need to ask ourselves are these realistic goals?
One of the best steps you can make in any health and wellness lifestyle change is setting S.M.A.R.T goals.
- S: Specific What? Where? How? A specific goal is simplistically written and defines what you are going to do.
- M: Measureable A measurement gives you clear evidence when a goal is achieved.
- A: Achievable Is it feasible? Are you slightly challenged? The goal should be defined enough that you are able to achieve it.
- R: Realistic Give yourself the opportunity to succeed by setting goals you will actually be able to accomplish.
- T: Timely Too much time? Not enough time? Decide when you will start and finish your goal.
Making resolutions is the first step to changing your health and well-being this year, but you have to make a plan first in order to succeed. Change is a challenge for anyone and old habits are hard to get rid of. So, get out your pen and paper this year and write out your S.M.A.R.T goals to help you succeed!
Contact the Employee Wellness Coordinator at 812-237-4117 for more information on how to make S.M.A.R.T goals.